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Capo represented very well at CIF, Feb 21-22 at Santiago Canyon Community College.  Here’s the rundown:

Capo started out with a 12-0 run on day one.  All 5 qualifiers–Brandon Hernandez, Mike Davis, Geoff Mellor, Corey Shackelford, and Phillip O’shea–made it to the quarterfinals in their respective weights.  The streak was only stopped by running into a few #1 seeds.  All wrestlers made it to day 2, with Brandon, Mike, and Phillip in the semi-finals, and Corey and Geoff in the consols.



One particular story is that Mike, in order to get to the semis, had to upset the #4 seed from Arroyo.  He did so in dramatic fashion, winning by fall in the third period.

mikey cif 2

Day 2–aka “the day of dreams and broken hearts”–was full of drama.  Geoff and Corey dropped hard fought consol matches in the morning–Corey in round 3 and Geoff in the blood round–eliminating them from the tournament.  Both wrestled well, and the other guy was just better on that particular day.

Mike dropped his semi match to #1 seed and #1 in the nation Zahid Valencia from St. John Bosco, but rebounded nicely with a win in the consols to put him in the third place match.  In the match for third, he lost to the #2 seed from Norwalk, placing him at 4th.

Brandon continued to dominate by winning his semi match 12-0.  In the finals, though he lost, he gave #1 seed Russell Rohlfing of Sonora all he could handle.  Rohlfing will definitely remember Brandon’s name.

brandon cif 2

Phillip won by fall in his semi match, and then stunned the whole gym by pinning his opponent in the finals in :11 seconds.

phillip cif 3

He had 4 falls and 1 tech fall for the tournament, and he was named Co-Outstanding Wrestler for the upper weights.

Phillip ow cif

Phillip’s title is the first CIF Championship for Capo in 6 years.  The last one was Mike Maierhofer in 2009.

Here is a video of Phillip’s finals match: don’t blink!


Senior Geoff Mellor finished his career as a Capo wrestler on Saturday.  Geoff: we are so proud of you.  You have grown to become a good young man in your 4 years on this team, and we are glad to say you are a Capo wrestler.  Through numerous ups and downs, setbacks and triumphs, you have persevered over it all and have finished your race. You controlled your emotions and did not allow them to defeat you. That is one heckuva feat, as this sport can be on huge emotional roller coaster.



Now that you have crossed the line triumphant, you can now say you are part of the greatest fraternity of brothers on planet earth.  We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.  It’s been an absolute pleasure coaching you and being your teammate. Don’t be a stranger, my friend.

As a team, Capo finished 10th out of 50 teams.  Next up for Mikey, Brandon, and Phillip is Southern Section Masters in Ontario.  This is quite the party, as over 250 schools are represented in the Southern Section.  They will battle it out with the other qualifiers for a spot in the state tournament.  Top 9 qualify.  Wish them luck!

buncha weirdos

buncha weirdos

The varsity competed at the 50 team So Cal Challenge on Jan 3-4.  Mike Davis placed seventh, while Phillip O’shea finished in second:

Mike Davis

Mike Davis


Phillip O'shea

Phillip O’shea


While Phillip dropped a tough 3-1 decision in the finals, this is not the last time he’ll face the Woodbridge wrestler.  He will have a chance for revenge, and knowing Phillip, this will focus him and he’ll come back firing on all 8 cylinders.

Geoff Mellor and Corey Shackelford both performed well too, making it to the “blood round” before dropping.  Along the way, Geoff defeated the ultimate 3rd place finisher from Trabuco Hills.

A few jv wrestlers got some good experience.  Even in the losses, we are seeing improvement and guys are taking steps forward.

We are back in action tonight vs Laguna Hills, #2 in Orange County.  Phillip has the chance to edge closer to Mike Phillips’ career pin record, which has stood since 1988.  Saturday a select squad of varsity wrestlers will compete at Esperanza, while the jv and fs teams are at the San Clemente Rotary tournament.

The Capo Wrestling Team has rolled through December, with our own tournament at Capo, a dual meet with Newport Harbor, and the 50 team Mann Classic Varsity tournament.  Here are some results:


*Capo JV/FS tournament: Juan Pedraza finished first, while Marshall Ferraro, Michael Souri, Juan De La Torre, and Marshall Ferraro finished third.

Husband Newp harbor

*Capo wrestled Newport Harbor for the alumni dual on Dec 18, and the FS and Varsity teams came away with a win.  FS won 37-27, while varsity won 41-29.  The varsity jumped out to a 28-0 lead, thanks to pins from Noah Husband, Juan Pedraza, and Michael Davis, and a major decision win from Joey Ahmadzai, before Newport Harbor came storming back. Corey Shackleford got Capo back on track with his exciting 1-0 win, and Phillip O’shea closed out the night with a pin at 220.  It was a great night, with many of our alums watching the battle.  For all the alums that came out to watch, thank you!

Here are some highlights from the dual:

On Friday and Saturday, the varsity competed in the 50 team Mann Classic.  Capo finished 12th as a team and had four medalists: Brandon Hernandez finished 7th at 120 lbs, Geoff Mellor 5th at 145, Corey Shackleford 8th at 182, and Phillip O’shea 1st at 195.  Phillip pinned his way to the finals, then defeated Woodbridge’s Emu Anaim in an intense 5-2 battle.  Phillip’s performance earned him the OC Register Wrestler of the Week honors.

mann classic

In addition, Michael Davis received a shout out from the Register too.  Capo is in the news!

Phillipe, winning the Mann.

Phillipe, winning the Mann.


The Cougars are off to a great start in 2013.  Here are the results of the first two weeks:

Dual Vs El Toro:

FS 39-3 win; JV 48-24 win; var 58-6 win

Capo started the season with a bang, defeating El Toro easily on all three levels.  Here is sophomore Cameron Kobel’s win via pin:

The varsity and JV competed in the Trabuco Duals Fri and Sat Dec 6-7.  Brandon Hernandez and Phillip O’shea went undefeated on the weekend, 7-0.  O’shea won all his matches by fall, 6 of which were in the first period.  This included setting a new school fastest fall record with a 7 second pin vs El Toro.

Sophomore Brandon Hernandez

Sophomore Brandon Hernandez

The FS team, meanwhile, spent Saturday at the Western Duals tournament.  They finished in second place overall, falling in the final dual by a narrow 30-32 margin.  Several Capo wrestlers came in first or second place.

Western Frosh Soph tourn Dec 7 2013

The next dual was vs Dana Hills on Tuesday Dec 10.  Capo fought hard and had an 8 point lead going into their two open weights (220 and hwt), but fell 28-32 after the 2 upper weight forfeits.  Landon Hume avenged an earlier loss, and Noah Husband got an exciting pin at 106.  Corey Shackelford won a battle in quadruple overtime.

Here is Husband’s pin:


and Hume’s win:

Thursday Dec 12 the novice team competed in San Clemente’s 4-way dual meet, and came home with first place.  Six Capo wrestlers won first place.

Saturday Dec 14 was Capo’s own jv and fs tournament.  20 jv and 20 fs teams–a very competitive field with teams like Laguna Hills, Poway, Vista, and Santa Ana–came to Capo to duke it out.  Juan Pedraza finished in first place, while Juan De La Torre, Marshall Ferraro, Michael Souri, and AJ Martinez finished in third place.

Things are looking up.  This week we dual Newport Harbor at home, and the varsity will compete at the prestigious Mann Classic Friday and Saturday.

Senior Geoff Mellor is another one of our captains for this season.  Here is a little bit about him:


Geoff Mellor 12

1) Favorite:
Movie–American History X

TV Show–The Walking Dead

Food–Sushi or Chipotle

Sport other than wrestling–MMA

Wrestler–Jordan Burroughs, because he’s the man.

2) Tell us a little bit about yourself:

“I like long walks on the beach and suplexes.”

3) What is the best piece of advice you’ve received:

“Take advantage of every day.”

4) What is the best moment you’ve had in wrestling so far?

“Making it to CIF my sophomore year.”

5) What do you like about wrestling, and about being on the team at Capo?

“I like that my success or failure is on my shoulders and I like being at Capo because our team is weird.”

6) How did you become involved in wrestling?  Why did you start?

“I started my freshman year because my friend convinced me to join.”

7) What are your goals for this season?  What are your goals for your career at Capo?

“I want to make it to state.”

8) What do you want to do after high school?

“I want to go to college.”

Michael is a senior and one of our team captains on the squad this year.  Here is a little background on Mikey:

Michael Davis sr

1) Favorite:

Movie: Fast and Furious 6

TV Show: Arrow

Food: Pizza

Sport other than wrestling: Motorcross (Mikey is actually a very accomplished Motorcross athlete)

Wrestler: Jordan Burroughs, because he is a boss.

2) Something the fans should know:

“I am a hard worker and have a 4.0 GPA.”

3) Best moment in wrestling so far:

“Going to CIF as a sophomore.”

4) What do you like about wrestling, and about being on the team at Capo?

“I like the challenge that comes with wrestling, and I like being on a team that pushes me to improve.  Likewise, I like returning the favor and pushing my teammates to get better.”

5) How did you become involved in wrestling?  Why did you start?

“I saw it at Newhart Middle School as part of a demonstration. I joined because I wanted to challenge myself, and my dad wrestled.”

6) What are your goals for this season?

“My goal is to place in CIF and go to the Master’s tournament.  I want to be the best leader I can be at Capo.”

7) What do you want to do after high school?

“I want to work and go to college.”

We recently caught up with one of Capo Wrestling’s all time greats, Terry Tuzzalino.  He was a state runner-up for Capo in the mid 90’s under Coach Joe Zeller:

Terry Tuzzalino and wife Desiree, after he competed at a Fire and Police MMA competition.

Terry Tuzzalino and wife Desiree, after he competed at a Fire and Police MMA competition.

1) What years did you wrestle at Capo, and how did you do during your wrestling career?

The years I wrestled are from 1990 – 1994.

During those years my accomplishments included the following:

-3rd place South Coast League (Junior)

-1st place South Coast League (Senior)

-5th place CIF Div 1 (Junior)

-1st place CIF Div 1 (Senior)

-State Qualifier CIF Masters- Southern Section (junior)

-State Qualifier CIF Masters- Southern Section (Senior)

-California CIF State Runner-up (Senior)

-State Runner-up for Freestyle State Championships.

-Traveled to Fargo, North Dakota for the Freestyle Junior National Championships Representing California.

2) What was your best memory of high school wrestling?

Being in the championship round of my senior year at State.  After the consolation rounds were completed, I returned back to University of Pacific in Stockton and my coach, Joe Zeller, brought me into the main entrance together to show me where I was going to be wrestling that night. When we walked in up to the railing at the top floor of the arena, it was breath taking. The tournament directors had brought in more seats for the fans where all the other mats used to be.  There was now only one huge mat in the center with all the lights on it. I was thinking to myself, “that is where I’m going to perform tonight, and I’ll been seen by hundreds of people.”  It gave me chills.

3) Where has life taken you since then? What is your vocation now, and what path did you take to get there? Family?

Life has taken me in many directions. I’ve made good and bad choices throughout my life. I have learned from the bad and have been successful from the good. From highschool I continued my wrestling career at Santa Ana Junior College where i studied Fire Science. During those two years I was state Runner-up two years in a row. Following my junior college accomplishments I recieved a few calls from numerous colleges offering me different scholarships. I chose to take a year off and work. I don’t know what I was thinking but things happen for a reason and the following year I decided I wasn’t satisfied with second place all the time. I just happened to get a call from SFSU head coach after their victory at the NCAA Div II championships. He told me they had won the whole thing and would like me to come to their school to be a part of the team next season. I was sold at that point.

So for the next three years I endured injuries and a real tough time keeping up with my grades. I discovered during my time in college after some tests, that I suffer from a mild learning disability where I have a difficult time retaining information verbally, so lectures in college were killing me.  After I got the proper help, school wasn’t an obstacle anymore. My third year I was ranked #1 in the country for DIV II and was on a vengeance to win my title. I had been working so hard for it. I had been undefeated all the way to the NCAA DIV II Championships held in Brookings, South Dakota.

I left that meet an NCAA DIV II National Champion and had officially reached my goal.

I was content and happy, I felt that Ihad done what I had to do to get where I needed to be. I was ready to move on with a career and start my life.

During college I had worked three jobs, made it to my classes, and wrestling practice everyday. I was so busy that I didn’t have time to get into trouble. Life brings you choices and the choices we make shape us. These choices we make (whether good or bad) are how we learn what is right and wrong. I have no regrets with my life. I have made choices that have made me who I am today and I am happy with who I am.

After college I came back home to Mission Viejo to go through the Fire Academy, and then went to Paramedic School all while working as an EMT for a private ambulance company. After completing paramedic school I worked for AMR in Hemet, CA for a few months before I was finally picked up by the Los Angeles City Fire Department. This is the same Fire Department my father just retired from. I was hired in Dec 2003 and during my 9 years with the department I have met my pride and step-son, had two more children, and bought our first home in Torrance. We are happy and healthy and my wife and I enjoy watching our kids grow.

4) How did wrestling prepare you for life after high school?

I believe wrestling has played a huge part in my life. I was a very shy and timid kid throughout life. I didn’t have many friends and my self esteem wasn’t the greatest. When I got to high school I played on the football team where I learned what hard work was all about. After football my freshman year I discovered wrestling. I tried out for the team and I fell in love with it. I put on more weight and grew a few more inches. I had friends come to me and ask me about the sport and I was proud to share with them how awesome it is. Not only was this a team sport but you were out there one on one trying to be the king of the mat. It felt good to go home with a medal to show your family and friends.

Wrestling taught me respect, confidence, pride, endurance, sportsmanship, and the concept of setting short and long term goals. I had set my life goals and reached everyone of them so far. Goals setting has been a huge part getting through life. It gives me purpose and something reachable.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment.

5) What are two pieces of advice you have for current Capo wrestlers?

Take a moment to yourself and think about where you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years from now. What do you want to do, where do you want to be, how are you going to get there? Wrestling showed me how to get there. Believe in this sport.  Understand the values you gain from working together as a team and the hard work you as an individual must put in to be successful.

Understand that life is full of challenges and they seem never ending. Take them on one day at a time and don’t give up till you reach your goals.